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22 | April 12, 2018 | The Mokena Messenger life & arts mokenamessenger.com Designed With You In Mind HOMER GLEN Couple’s music takes sting out of spring Phone: 630-381-1100 10% OFF When You Mention The Code steam18 WHOLE HOUSE $ 80 CARPET CLEANING Any 6 Rooms * (IL-Shaped & Great Room Considered 2 Rooms) • Some Furniture Moved • Odor Control Available • Free Pre-Spot CARPET & UPHOLSTERY SAME DAY OR NEXT DAY SERVICE Call for Appointment 708-385-5057 ANY SIZE ROOM UPHOLSTERY CLEANING Chair $ 15 Loveseat 2 CUSHION $ 25 Sofa 3 CUSHION $ 30 CHIMNEY $ 45 CLEANING per flue TILE & GROUT CLEANING • Deep Clean Extraction • Free Deodorizer • Free Color Brightener Our open floor plans allow you to customize your home to fit your dreams and desires. Ranch and 2-story townhomes feature a first floor master along with additional bedrooms. Townhomes worth the drive, and the ultimate in easy-living luxury. Ranch and Two-story Townhomes FROM THE LOW $400’s Located on the East Side of Parker Rd. at 146th St. (across the street from Culver Park). Sales Office is at 14640 Aster Lane in Homer Glen. Open Fri. – Tues. 11-5 or by appointment. $ 20 All work guaranteed to customer satisfaction guaranteed! per room (2 Rooms Minimum) WHOLE HOUSE DUCT CLEANING Removes Up To 96% Of All Dust, Dirt, Pollen, Mold Spores & Animal Dander $ 95 Unlimited Registers Single Furnace Home • Truck Mount Unit NO HIDDEN CHARGES • INSURED & BONDED • ALL WORK GUARANTEED Rochelle McAuliffe Freelance Reporter Don and Susan Reitsma perfor “Easter Bonnet” during their Spring Program at the Mokena Community Public Library District on Saturday, April 7. Rochelle McAuliffe/22nd Century Media A chill hung outside to remind one of winter’s hold, but the clear blue sky made for a lovely backdrop as music filled the awakening spring air. Musical duo Don and Susan Reitsma warmed it up in the Reading Room at the Mokena Community Public Library District on Saturday, April 7, with their Spring Program. The duo performed musical numbers, oldies, and songs of springtime and sing-along songs, which included some Disney favorites. Members of the audience were singing and dancing along in their seats to nearly every song. Jackie Poole of Mokena was already out to return books, but utilized the trip to hear some music. “I walk here and it was a nice day to take a walk, plus the books I had taken out were due, and I knew about the concert, so it lead me to here,” Poole said. “I enjoy the older songs.” Poole wasn’t the only one who was connecting to the music. For couple Joan and Billy Gramm of Midlothian, they’re willing to make the drive for the unique events offered in Mokena. “We come here all the time because we’re retired now, so we watch to see if there’s any good programs, and if there is, we’ll come,” Joan said. For the Gramm’s, music is an important common interest shared between the two, so the free concert series offered by the library has been something the couple has been thankful for. During the show, the duo incorporated a variety of props such as hats, umbrellas, Cubs and Sox flags, and oversized glasses into their routine, before they finished the show off with patriotic vests, an American flag and a rendition of “God Bless America.” Faith, fellowship and country are values close to the duo’s heart, who almost didn’t even meet, if it weren’t for a little voice in Susan Reitsma’s head. It was May 22, 2005, and Susan recalled a luncheon she was an hour late to. She contemplated not going, but something told her to go anyway, and because she did, she met Don. He was performing at the luncheon, and something had told him to do something different that day, too. He prerecorded the accompaniment for the first time so he could dance with an audience member. He said he didn’t know who he was going to dance with until their Please see MUSIC, 26

mokenamessenger.com LIFE & ARTS the Mokena Messenger | April 12, 2018 | 23 The President’s Own Marine Band Jazz Combo performs at Lincoln-Way Submitted by Lincoln-Way Community High School District 210 On March 19 the Lincoln-Way District 210 jazz band students were treated to a special performance by The President’s Own Marine Band Jazz Combo from Washington, D.C. The performance took place at Lincoln-Way Central High School in the Fine Arts Center. Double bassist Master Sergeant Glenn Dewey, guitarist Master Sergeant Alan Prather, pianist Gunnery Sergeant AnnaMaria Mottola and percussionist Staff Sergeant David Constantine presented an educational clinic highlighting the various styles of music that they have been asked to perform at functions in and around the White House under many presidential administrations. Dewey, prior to his appointment with The President’s Own in 1994, was a music professor at Millikin University to Lincoln-Way music instructors Stacy Williams-Jackson and Nate Jackson. “We are so proud to know professor Dewey, and it was an absolute honor to meet his colleagues in The President’s Own,” Williams- Jackson said. “This combo represents the pinnacle of musicianship in the United States, and each musicians’ experiences with The President’s Own are both fascinating and inspiring.” Dewey praised Lincoln- Way Central’s beautiful and acoustically impressive Fine Art Center, as well as District 210’s “attentive students with great questions and passion for music.” “How wonderful for our Lincoln-Way students to have the opportunity to witness four of our nation’s best musicians perform and discuss their service,” Williams-Jackson said. Tickets on sale, dates set for LW East ‘Hunchback of Notre Dame’ performance Members of The President’s Own Marine Band Jazz Combo perform March 19 for students at Lincoln-Way Central. Photo submitted Staff Report Tickets are on sale now for Lincoln-way East’s production of Disney’s “Hunchback of Notre Dame.” Based on the Victor Hugo novel and songs from the Disney animated feature, “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” showcases the film’s Academy Award-nominated score, and the set features a recreation of Notre Dame, complete with stained glass and life-size bells of Notre Dame. The musical begins as the bells of Notre Dame sound through the famed cathedral in 15th century Paris. Quasimodo, the deformed bell-ringer who longs to be “Out There,” observes all of Paris reveling in the Feast of Fools. Held captive by his devious caretaker, the archdeacon Dom Claude Frollo, Quasimodo escapes for the day and joins the boisterous crowd, only to be treated cruelly by all but the beautiful gypsy Esmeralda, who prays that “God Help the Outcasts.” Quasimodo isn’t the only one captivated by her free spirit, though: the handsome Captain Phoebus and Frollo are equally enthralled. As the three vie for her attention, Frollo embarks on a mission to destroy the gypsies, and it’s up to Quasimodo to save them all. Showtimes are scheduled for 7 p.m. on April 27 and 28, 1 p.m. on April 28, and 3 p.m. on April 29. All shows will be in the LWE Fine Arts Auditorium, 201 Colorado, in Frankfort. Tickets are $10 with a $1 online service fee. For tickets and more information, please go to lwemusic.org. Image submitted